Things must do when visiting Hue City

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam. This city has not only the cultural experience but also the modern activities, which attract the tourists.

Going around Hue on cyclo

Cyclo was invented by a Charente Frenchman named Coupeaud in 1939. To advertise this new vehicle, Coupeaud organized a journey with a passenger car running on 3 wheels from Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia) to Saigon (HCMC), with two hired cyclists taking turns pedaling nearly 200 km during 17 hours 23 minutes.

The cyclo is heavily used in Asia and is now much more popular than the rickshaw. Cyclo is also used in some cities in Europe and America, often to carry tourists.

Going around the street by cyclo, you not only immerse yourself in the romantic space, slowly discover each street, every alley, a small masterpiece bearing ancient beauty. On the way, you can choose a few stops by street vendors to enjoy some snacks, buy some souvenirs, and talk a few stories with Hue local people. Citizens here are basic and hospitable.

Drinking coffee at Tu Phuong Vo Su Floor

Tu Phuong Vo Su Floor is a building for a king and a royal family to enjoy, admire the scenery, and it was a daily study place of princes and princesses. Tu Phuong Vo Su Lau coffee shop has more than 1,600m2; around the floor platforms, tables and chairs are arranged along the wall's railing, refreshing for guests to drink coffee and admire the scenery. If you are looking for tranquility, let go to Tu Phuong Vo Su Floor's cafe and choose your favorite drink; sit on the banks of the citadel looking at Hue at a peaceful sunset.

Walking around Hue night street and iron wooden bridge:

This young bridge of Hue uses premium South African ironwood as the main material. This material is known as one of the groups of 'four essentials' including nails, iron with excellent moisture and force resistance, both without termites and extremely suitable for rainy and hot weather humidity and floods rise during the rainy season in Hue. Besides, it also has a gentle scent that brings a relaxing feeling for pedestrians, sightseeing on the bridge. More specifically, the ironwood bridge is also equipped with an electric lighting system so that people can come here in relaxing evenings, talk to friends or watch the beauty of Hue at night.

Hue night street is a place to walk around, enjoy the scenery and buy typical souvenirs of young people, families, and tourists. Hue night street lights up in the evening, from about 5 pm to late. Coming here, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy Hue specialties such as Truong Tien bread, Hue sweet dessert, combined with sitting on the boat to listen to Hue's traditional music style, watching the magnificent Truong Tien Bridge at night. Every weekend evening, groups of young students and music clubs often hold music shows and music exchanges. It makes the street more noisy and cheerful. Besides, the night street is also connected to the wooden iron bridge, right at the bottom of Truong Tien Bridge, a place to relax, exercise, and catch up.

Visiting Dong Ba Market

With a history of more than 100 years of existence and development, the Dong Ba Market is also famous for its resilient revolutionary tradition through two resistance wars against France and the US. Since its foundation, the small businessmen class has actively responded to fighting against tax collection, supporting patriots' activities. Many small businesses became resilient cadres of the revolution; many were secret bases, kept officials hidden, many women bravely died in face-to-face struggles with the enemy.

Dong Ba is a market of small traders in Hue but quite crowded with buyers and sellers. The Dong Ba market items are plenty and diverse such as seafood, handicrafts, clothes, brocade, sink, jewelry, etc... It will be a pity without trying Ao Dai. From past to present, Hue people have always been famous in poetry because of beautiful girls wearing Áo Dài gracefully holding a poetic hat near the Perfume River. So do not wait any longer; own yourself a Hue style of ao dai.

Taking Photos wearing Ao Dai on Trang Tien Bridge Bridge - the Perfume River

Trang Tien Bridge is a remarkable witness of the city’s history, bearing the weight of its ups and downs through many decades. It is often a symbolic icon that Hue people talk about with immense pride, sometimes even endearingly referred to as a silk band crossing over the beautiful Huong River.

The bridge was one of the first built in Indochina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries using steel with new Western techniques. Before that, bridges were constructed with more precarious materials, like bamboo or wood.

The bridge was designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel - an expert in French metal structures. Some of his most celebrated brainchilds are the Eiffel Tower, built in 1887–1889 for the 1889 World Exhibition in Paris, France, and the Statue of Liberty, in New York, USA. With Trang Tien Bridge, he has incorporated a Gothic style, weaving a modernity touch to a classic architecture style.

In front of a peaceful and romantic scene, why don't you try wearing Ao Dai, holding a poetic hat, taking photos on the Truong Tien bridge bank like in the past? Surely you will give "very" Hue pictures next to the historic bridge of the ancient capital.

We recommend heading to the bridge as the sun goes down, watch the last glimpse of daylight glazing over the tranquil river, let the wind untangle your worries as you watch the city transform into the night. Right there, it seems like you can almost entirely tune out the city’s hustles and bustles behind you and recenter yourself.

Walking around West street

People know Hue as quiet, slow, and a bit quiet of the ancient capital, but perhaps it is just a tip of Hue's beauty. Somewhere in the suburbs, Hue still has a bustling West Street with bars and outdoor parties. This makes tourists love more about Hue.

If there is Bui Vien West Street in Saigon, Hanoi has Ta Hien; Hue is not inferior to these two bug tourists. Hue has Pham Ngu Lao. It is said that West Street is concentrated in the most crowded area, but in a good sense, West Street is expanding at the intersection of Le Loi and Vo Thi Sau.

It is not simply that people call this place West Street. Tourists talk to each other or chat with people here in English. The dishes served in the restaurant and hotel are all written in English, Hue beef noodle soup is Bun Bo Hue, the fried pancake is Banh Xeo, Nam pancake is Banh Nam, these are famous dishes of the country.

West Street is the most beautiful and bustling, especially at night when things get noisy. Groups of tourists walk on the road only about 200m long but very different in Hue. Souvenir shops, selling clothes or jewelry interspersed with cafes crowded with sparkling electric lights, old drums are also used to make tables and chairs look Western.

West Street is not only foreign tourists; West Street has authentic Hue people with a rich and gentle voice. That West Street of Hue still makes tourists love it. Here people are not too lavish or luxurious, and The Street is simply the cradle of Eurasian relationships. A greeting with beer, the stranger, also became acquainted.

Visiting XQ Embroidery Museum

XQ Embroidery Museum is located at 49 Le Loi Street. Visitors will discover an impressive space with a combination of installation and performance art. XQ embroidery fuses graphic art characteristics with traditional Vietnamese embroidery techniques, bringing traditional themes to replace Chinese content commonly seen in previous centuries. This was an idea of an artist couple, artisans Vo Van Quan and Hoang Le Xuan, to restore and find new directions for traditional embroidery in the danger of disappearing. This is also a significant gift for visitors to Hue.

Exploring Bach Ma National Park

About 40 km from Hue city, Bach Ma National Park is an attractive eco-tourism destination because of its magnificent natural landscape and diverse experiences. This is the only strip of primeval forests in Vietnam that connects the country from the East Sea to the Vietnam-Laos border.

Coming to Bach Ma this season, with the cold, dreamy white color of layers of mist blending into the wild natural landscape with a series of ancient trees in this pristine national park. Occasionally the sounds of birds, langurs rubbing brown feet, squirrels, and antelopes. Walking in the fog will enable you to breathe fresh air initially; your mind grows more in love with beautiful nature. The combination of trekking through the forest explores the intact forest of a diverse and unspoiled ecosystem. Cloud hunting is also a wonderful experience that only seems to exist in the northwest region, in Bach Ma, with the system of ancient villas leftover from the French period. Just about that, you will definitely have an incredible journey for a lifetime.

Listening to Hue Royal Court Music

In mid-December 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Hue royal court music as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. That is also the first time, Vietnam has a UNESCO intangible and oral heritage masterpiece. According to UNESCO estimates, the music is recognized as "Among various kinds of music developed in Vietnam, only Nha Nhac Cung Dinh Hue is considered the national music”.

Nha Nhac Cung Dinh is a term related to royal music which has been being in four countries: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

The Nha Nhac Cung Dinh is the official court music used at Giao, Te Mieu ceremonies, and in court occasions; is a combination of Ceremony and Music. Having a long history, Nha Nhac dates back to the 13th century

The music serves as a medium for conveying Vietnamese philosophical ideas and aspects of the universe.

In terms of content, the royal court music has hundreds of chapters, each of which consists of many smaller versions, including the original and the translation compiled by the Ministry of Ceremony. Each sacrifice ceremony has its own chapter suitable to the content and nature.

In terms of musical instrumental structure, there are 6 orchestras and more than 30 categories and the total number reaches hundreds of instruments. Each orchestra has its own set of music and instruments.

The location to enjoy:

  • Duyet Thi Duong royal theater

Address: Imperial Citadel, TP. Hue.

Ticket price: 200,000 VND / ticket

Time: Morning: From 10:00 am - 10:30 '.

Afternoon: From 14:30 '- 15:00'.

  • Minh Khiem Duong

Address: Tu Duc tomb, Thuy Xuan Commune, City Hue.

Ticket price: 200,000 VND / ticket

Time: Morning: From 10:00 am - 10:30 '.

Afternoon: From 14:30 '- 15:00'.

Performance time: 02 performances/day, each performance lasts 30 minutes.